I haven’t really spent much time with modern French philosophers. They vex me and use many words to say few, but ambiguous, things.
However, I’ll spend time revisiting Derrida and others (notably Latour, but he is a sociologist, so I have more tolerance), especially after a student in the MDDE622 course that Rory McGreal and I taught at Athabasca University, posted an interesting learning module on Deconstruction and Connectivism. Stella Bastone agreed to share the module. From the module:
According to Derrida, all Western thought is based on the idea of a center…Deconstruction challenges this. Deconstructionist activity addresses the instability, complex movements, processes of change, and play of differences and heterogeneity that make stability, unity, structure, function and coherence one-sided readings.
While deconstruction views literature as a system of signs, it rejects the structuralist view that a critic can identify the inherent meaning of a text, suggesting instead that literature has no center, no single interpretation, and that literary language is inherently ambiguous.
Stella obviously reviewed a significan amount of online resources and includes extracted audio/video clips from various discussions and presentations on connectivism. A great resource.